I'm looking for input on what I see locally as a trend, that of Webelos cross-overs and their parents forming micro troops rather than join an established troop. This has happened here the past 2 years, with just enough Webelos crossing over to charter a new troop (I believe 5 boys is the minimum number to charter a troop, correct?) of what I have come to refer to as the micro variety, i.e. too small to field more than a modest-sized patrol, too small to have youth leader opportunities for more than a couple of boys at a time, and definitely too small for anything approaching inter-patrol activities. From what we were told at last year's cross-over it appears that the same phenomenon will take place this year as well, i.e yet another micro-troop being formed by a cub leader whose son will be coming of age/completing the 5th grade.
The impetus seems to be coming from the parents themselves, rather than boys who have checked out a local troop or two and decided they'd rather be solely among friends. In fact, if we get the one required visit Webelos need for their Arrow of Light award we are lucky.
I will grant that our troop is not without its problems. No troop truly is. But it isn't a rabble bent upon destroying society as we know it, though truth be told there isn't an angel one amongst them.
Does anyone else out there have this problem? Is it common?
I should add that our community comprises a population level of around 60,000 within a 15 mile radius, and had 3 troops before this trend started. One is LDS, another was the result of a split-off from this one when one leader decided he wanted a more outdoor-oriented (Venture crew) program about 7 years ago, and mine. Now we have the original 3 plus 2 micro troops with an apparent 3rd on the way come cross-over time.
Observations? Suggestions? Commiserations?
RR the frustrated SM
Boys can save lives when Scouting first saves them.